im 18 years old, in average health, and ive just recently started taking alesse to help with my period cramps. when i hang out with my friends, i share cigarettes with them, but i dont smoke unless im with them. id say i smoke about 3 - 5 cigs a week give or take. i want to know if it is okay for me to smoke like this while im taking alesse, if i should cut down, or if i should stop smoking completely. i assume its okay because everything ive read about alesse and other birth control was 'dont take this if u smoke regularly and are over 35.' im neither of those, so am i okay?
It's not a good idea to smoke period. With that being said, all I can tell you is the directions for this drug which are right on this site:
"Smoking cigarettes while using Alesse increases your chance of having heart problems. Do not smoke while using Alesse. The risk of heart problems increases with age and with frequent smoking. Women older than 35 years old and women who smoke 15 or more cigarettes per day are at a greater risk for heart problems."
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